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arroz con pollo in blue dutch oven

Arroz con Pollo

A deliciously full-flavored chicken & rice dish made right on your stove top, in one pot! A family friendly winner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 635kcal
Author Nichole


  • Dutch Oven


  • 6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • ½ red bell pepper finely diced
  • ½ green bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1.75 cups rice
  • 1/2 cup wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth use extra stock if you prefer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup peas if frozen, no need to thaw


  • 1 cup roasted red peppers sliced


  • Heat a dutch oven with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add as much chicken as will fit in the pan without crowding – cook until the chicken it is golden brown on the bottom, 3-4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook until the other side is browned, 3-4 minutes longer; the chicken will still be pink inside.
  • Transfer the chicken to a large plate. Repeat until all of the chicken is browned.
  • Pour off all but 1 Tbs of oil, and melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and bell peppers and cook until the vegetables start to become tender, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, oregano and cook, stirring, about 1 minute.
  • Add the rice and stir well to allow the oil to coat each grain, then add the wine (if usinand allow to deglaze.
  • Add the bay leaves, stock, smoked paprika and saffron. Bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken to top of rice and juices. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until chicken is cooked, rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed (25-30mins)
  • Sprinkle the frozen peas over the top and red peppers.
  • Cover and cook until heated through.
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1028IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg